Asheville Area Arts Council News - November 18, 2013

Arts and Entertainment

November 19, 2013

From: Asheville Area Arts Council

What an amazing year! We at the Asheville Area Arts Council have had such a fun and powerful year, experienced exponential growth, and huge leaps in our capacity to serve you. We are looking at a new year full of even greater growth and changes.

Thanks to the diligent efforts of the board, staff, supportive members of the community, and over 1,500 hours of volunteer time, the AAAC in the coming year will enjoy a budget with a strong bottom line, funds in savings, increased staff capacity, a visionary yet achievable strategic plan, and exciting new program development.

Our fundraising efforts far exceeded expectations this year, putting us in a position to better serve artists, arts organizations, and the cultural well being of Buncombe County at large. Our Emerald Ball fundraiser was an amazing success. Thanks to strong leadership, and to the generous artists who participated in our auction, we raised over $25,000, representing over a 500% increase from last year's ball! Additionally, our board's matching campaign produced a significant amount of revenue and generated new interest in our work.

Our successful year has made us a strong candidate for administrating the Grassroots Grant, a State grant that supports a range of arts organizations and projects. The AAAC will be submitting its application to serve as the County Partner for Buncombe in 2014. We have been working toward this goal, following closely the directives laid out by the NC Arts Council, to become a good county partner for state funding, and the example of a 21st century arts council.
 
From a new position of strength, we will invest in already great programs, such as the Creative Sector Summit, our annual conference for advocating the importance of the arts to community and economic development. A success from last year's Summit is convening the Buncombe Cultural Alliance, a collaboration of leaders who value the power of arts, culture, and entertainment, which will provide strategy and build partnerships for new arts funding and initiatives.
 
Our impact numbers also exceeded expectations! The AAAC Gallery and Community Arts Facility showcased 194 Buncombe County artists to thousands of visitors in fiscal year 2012-2013. We also introduced our new exhibitions program, Point of View, which empowers area artist to act as curators, and brought a new level of excellence to our exhibitions. Point of View hosted 5 guest curators and represented 66 artists. The power and beauty of these shows has been spectacular.

Our programs and grants have directly served 939 area artists, and hundreds of members of the broader community through workshops, concerts, exhibitions, grants, and other programs. Our audience numbers exceed 20,000 through the combined reach of our programs, grants, and website.
 
We look forward to growing in capacity, service, and meaning to better serve you in 2014. Thanks so much to our early supporters, who have made this opportunity possible…

Board of Directors
 
Judy Bond, AVP, Store Manager ll, TD Bank
 
Denise M. Drury, M.A. Curator, Fine Art Museum, Western Carolina University
 
Kerri Hampton-Pyle, Teacher, Buncombe County School
 
Anna E. Knott, Fine Art Consultant and Founder of Minerva Gallery and Gallery Asheville
 
Jennifer Pickering, LEAF Executive Director
 
Cherry Lentz Saenger, Former Professor Mars Hill College
 
Randy Shull, Artist & Owner of Pink Dog Creative Studios
 
David Starkey, Director, Asheville Lyric Opera
 
Larry Turner, Artist